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Feb 29 2016
Oscar Winner George Kennedy, Longtime Tough-Lug Character Actor, Dies @ 91 Comments (0)

Airport79_620George Kennedy: February 18, 1925—February 28, 2016 (The Concorde ... Airport '79 film still via Universal)

George Kennedy, who in his long career won an Oscar for Cool Hand Luke (1967) and participated in wildly popular parodies of the wildly popular cop films in which he'd also appeared, has died at 91.

Earthquake-charlton-heston-george-kennedy-1974Swept off his feet in Earthquake (Film still via Universal)

Kennedy made his TV debut in 1956 and acted through the 2014 Mark Wahlberg film The Gambler. Along the way, he made big impressions in Charade (1963), Strait-Jacket (1964), The Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969),  top '70s hits Airport (1970), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Airport 1975, Earthquake (all three in 1974!), The Eiger Sanction (1975), Airport '77 (1977), The Concorde ... Airport '79 (1979) and, later, in the entire Naked Gun film series (1988—1994).

He also appeared in what is seen as the first-ever made-for-TV movie, See How They Run, in 1964.

Kennedy died just five months after his wife.